Christmas in July finale: Make a Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, today wraps up Christmas in July. I had a lot of fun selecting the projects to share these last two weeks, and these Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornaments are one of my favorites. They are very similar to last week’s Felt & Ribbon Ornaments, until you trim them with zippers and zipper flowers. Very special! Kathleen shows you how to make a zipper flower, and I share a few sources for zippers.

Must-make Christmas ornaments using fabric and old zippers.

Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament in red.

To make a Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Fabric scraps, red and green in assorted prints
  • Zippers: Two 27” in different colors; and one 25” – 36” for flower
  • Cord, 9”
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; straight pin
    • Another beautiful ornament made with fabrics, old zippers and balls of Styrofoam brand foam. Another version in red & green.

To make a Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament:

1. Using pattern, cut out six fabric pieces.

2. Glue fabric pieces onto the foam ball. If there’s a gap between the pieces, that’s o.k. The zippers will cover it.

3. Separate the zippers into two halves. If they don’t come apart at the bottom, use the knippers to remove the closed end and zipper pull.

4. Cut the 27” zippers into eleven, 4-1/2” strips and one, 10″ strip. Trim ends at an angle so the zippers fit together neatly. Glue six, 4-1/2″ zipper lengths of the same color to the ball, covering up the seams between the fabric pieces. As you wrap the strips around the ball, clip them as needed so that the zipper pieces butt up evenly and lay flat.

Update: A reader asked me to include a photo of the bottom of the ornament. Great idea! Thank you.

Update: A reader asked me to include a photo of the bottom of the ornament. Great idea! Thank you.

5. Repeat Step 4, layering on a second zipper strip in a contrasting color. Save the 10″ strip for last, and starting at the top, wrap it around the ball, covering the zipper ends at the bottom of the ball.

6. Make a zipper flower from one side of the 25” – 36” zipper:

  • Hold the zipper strip face down in your left hand, with the zipper teeth facing right.
  • With your right hand, make a loop with the zipper strip, keeping the front facing down.
  • Glue the petal in place in the middle of your flowers.
  • Make four or more petals, gluing each one in the center before going on to the next.
  • Make sure you have a little strip of zipper left for the center.
  • Roll the remaining zipper into a tight coil, gluing as you roll, and glue to the center of the flower.

7. Knot together the ends of the 9” cord and pin and glue to the top of the ornament. Glue the zipper flower over the cord at the top of the ball.

These are gorgeous & must-have ornaments for the tree this year. They're made with fabric, zippers and a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on

Zipper & Fabric Ornaments by Kathleen George.

If you’d like another idea for your old zippers (and an old sweater), I shared this Zipper Flower Wreath last year. Again, it’s one of my favorites.

A beautiful fall wreath made with an old sweater, zipper flowers, and a wreath of Styrofoam brand foam. for a fall wreath

Zipper Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

This is the first year I’ve had a Christmas in July series, and I’d love your feedback. Was it too long or not long enough? Would you like to see more, or no, thank you. Are you looking for specific Christmas craft ideas? Please let me know. Thanks!

Happy Christmas crafting.


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13 Responses to Christmas in July finale: Make a Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornament

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  2. Karen H. says:

    Really Cool. Never to early to get started. Heck what is one more thing on my want to do list.

  3. NIcky says:

    I love to be able to reuse items I have on hand. I love the zipper ornaments as a way to use up old zippers that are just to short to use in my sewing.

  4. Ann H. says:

    I love them, I’d like to see more please! Never too early to make Christmas things!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Ann. I am thinking about another Christmas round up in August, and I love the projects I have in mind for it . . . please stay tuned! Sharon

      • Ann H. says:

        Oh boy, that sounds great Sharon! I’ll be looking forward to round 2 of the Christmas ornies! I really love to make Christmas things early on, gives me more time to enjoy the holidays with my grandchildren. Thank you!

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks, Ann. Look for more Christmas goodies sometime in August. Till then, enjoy the summer! Sharon

  5. Crafty grandma says:

    I love the idea of having Christmas ideas in the middle of a heat wave. Doesn’t cool me off, but I know what supplies I will need and to keep an eye out for….winter sometimes comes as early as October so having something to do and having all the supplies handy on those cold blah days is nice. Hope to see more of your Christmas ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      Here’s to cool crafts on a hot day! It sounds like you’re a planner — I’ll see if I can work on another Christmas craft round up for later this summer. Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  6. LisaM says:

    The zippers add just the right zing to the ornaments. The wreath looks wonderful too.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. There are so many ways to decorate these fabric ornaments, and I thought Kathleen was really creative with these. Who doesn’t have a few old zippers around the house? Why not make something beautiful from them. Sharon

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